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  1. #1
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    May. 7, 2010
    In my cubicle reading the forum instead of working!

    Default "Hypothetical" for all you potential pony buyers

    Say a pony has all the bells and whistles in an ad. Good pics/video and you like its look. Here's the catch--no papers and only a USEF ID. Priced under 10k w/ a few shows under its belt. Would the lack of papers deter you from buying? Looking for opinions. Thanks.

  2. #2
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    Aug. 30, 2008
    Manitoba, Canada


    Do you want to show in breed shows? If not, papers don't really matter on a quality pony that has everything else going for it.

  3. #3
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    Jan. 28, 2002
    Alberta, Canada


    Quote Originally Posted by CharismaRJG View Post
    Would the lack of papers deter you from buying?
    Absolutely not...and we've done it many times and ended up with some fancy, fancy hunter ponies. While it's always nice to purchase a horse or pony with papers, there are fancy ones out there who are not registered or "heinz 57's" and can hold their own in the ring against the pedigreed horses/ponies!

    Below are a couple of our "heinz 57" backyard ponies that went on to have successful hunter careers.
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  4. #4
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    Mar. 5, 2007
    Pontiac, MI


    I'm not really a potential pony buyer (unless you mean very far in the future potentially), but no, that wouldn't deter me one bit.

  5. #5
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    Sep. 12, 2006


    mare or gelding? Obviously with a gelding I wouldnt care. May want the option of breeding a mare at some point, but still not a deal breaker for me.

  6. #6
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    Mar. 26, 2003


    I wouldn't care at all, especially for a pony - you can't ride papers. And a pony definitely doesn't become "more valuable", to me, just because of papers unless I'm buying specifically to breed of course. Even then, I'm not affiliated with a breed registry and would rather breed the best pony mare to the best stallion regardless of breed.
    "to live is the rarest thing in the world, most people merely exist."

  7. #7
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    Jun. 17, 2001
    down the road from bar.ka


    Nah, would bother me at all IF it was a good moving pony with a nice jump. Even a mare, if you did want to breed, not usually a problem getting a good Welsh stud to cover a good show mare of unknown breeding-they can prove their worth without papers.

    What might bother me is not having a temporary or permanent measurement card from USEF. Without one it's a crap shoot if it's a close measure-and an inch can be worth a zero on the price one way and make it ineligible as a Pony and near worthless the other way.
    When opportunity knocks it's wearing overalls and looks like work.

    The horse world. Two people. Three opinions.

  8. #8
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    Apr. 5, 2003
    Houston, Texas


    I have to agree with findeight. The measurement card is so much more important than papers.

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